Domestic violence charges, also known as family offenses, are crimes committed against members of the same family or household, or people who have an intimate relationship. Charges involving domestic violence can include assault, harassment, stalking, menacing, strangulation, sexual abuse, and more. Charges of domestic violence can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity of the injury and whether a weapon was used in committing the act, among other factors. That said, if you’re accused of domestic violence in any shape or form, you need a competent Queens, New York domestic violence lawyer in your corner. Contact Vasiliou Law today.
Anyone facing domestic violence charges should understand that they’re up against a wide range of penalties that can significantly impact their personal and professional life. That said, an Astoria criminal defense lawyer can strategically employ various defenses, depending on the circumstances of your case, to best protect you. Vasiliou Law has represented clients facing criminal charges in Queens and throughout New York City for years, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you in your case.
To start, you should understand that domestic violence is not formally recognized as a crime in New York State. That said, assault, menacing, stalking, and sexual abuse are all formally-recognized crimes, and often fall under the blanket of “domestic violence.”
If you’re accused of assault in New York State, depending on the circumstances of the assault, you may face anywhere between one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, and 30 years of incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
Depending on the circumstances of a menacing charge, you could face anywhere between three months of incarceration and a $500 fine, and seven years in prison with a potential $5,000 fine.
Importantly, sex crimes are generally prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law. If you’re facing any of the aforementioned charges, you absolutely need a competent domestic violence lawyer in your corner who can defend you at every turn.
Every case is different, so every time we craft a defense on behalf of our clients, we tailor that defense to the specific circumstances surrounding their case. That said, some commonly-used and effective defenses against domestic violence charges are as follows:
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Are you accused of domestic violence? If so, don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your charge on your own. Vasiliou Law is here to fight for your future. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our seasoned New York City criminal defense firm.